Pakistan crush Australia in first T20I

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Half-centuries by Alyssa Healy and Ashleigh Gardner helped Australia put up a total of 195 runs on the board in 20 overs.

Abu Dhabi: Opener Babar Azam struck an unbeaten 68 while spinner Imad Wasim capped a return to worldwide cricket with three wickets as Pakistan crushed Australia by 66 runs in their opening T20 match in Abu Dhabi.

The first T20I between Pakistan and Australia will begin at Sheikh Zayed Cricket Stadium in Abu Dhabi at 09:00 pm PST. "It was carnage. It was like a vehicle crash in slow motion", Finch told reporters after his side crumbled at Sheikh Zayed Cricket Stadium.

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In a chase of 156, Australia slipped to 22/6 inside the Powerplay as Imad Wasim and Faheem Ashraf wreaked havoc, and it was only through a 38-run stand for the seventh wicket between Ashton Agar and Nathan Coulter-Nile that they were able to recover somewhat.

Australia's hopes of taking the lead in the three-match series were soon over as they made a horrendous start to their reply, slumping to 22-6 with spinning all-rounder Imad taking 3-20 in his first worldwide for a year. "When you get out in the first over and don't get the start needed, that's not good enough".

Now, as the attention shifts to the second T20, Australia find themselves once again chasing a series and look to avoid a series defeat when they take on Pakistan in Dubai on Friday. Our fielding was slightly sloppy, then the batting was bad. Faheem Ashraf (2/10) and Shaheen Afridi (2/23) shared four wickets between them.

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However, the 89-run grand total seems quite promising after the lost 6 wickets in just 22 runs at the beginning of the game.

Mohammad Hafeez played a steady knock of 39 runs and built a solid partnership with Babar Azad who stayed unbeaten till the end with 68 runs.

Babar Azam hit five fours and a six in his 55-ball innings.

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Finch also told that their performance in the first T20I was so poor that they should now consider a change in the squad for the second match. The two Australian pacemen Billy Stanlake and Andrew Tye, did most of the damage, with three wickets apiece.